Camelot Software Planning

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Camelot Co. Ltd.
Camelot Software Planning
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Kyamerotto
Sega CD4
Sega Software Planning
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1990; 29 years ago (1990)
HeadquartersTokyo. Japan[1]
Key people
Hiroyuki Takahashi
Shugo Takahashi
Motoi Sakuraba
Number of employees
42 (as of January 2010)[2]
ParentSega (1990–1995)

Camelot Co. Ltd.[a] (doing business as Camelot Software Planning) is a Japanese video game developer established in 1990 under the name Sega CD4, but quickly renamed to Sonic! Software Planning. Named after Sonic the Hedgehog, they were closely involved with Sega and responsible for initial development of the Shining series. In 1995, there was a brief period where they worked for Sony Computer Entertainment in addition to creating Shining products.

By 2001, now known as Camelot, they had partnered with Nintendo and created the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf series of sports games, as well as the role-playing video game series Golden Sun.


Camelot was founded in 1990 as a division of Sega known as Sega CD4 (Consumer Development Studio #4),[3] soon changing their name to Sonic! Software Planning, which was formed to create, alongside Climax Entertainment, Shining in the Darkness for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The studio also developed other successful games in the franchise, including Shining Force and Shining Force II.[3] In 1995, Sonic! officially separated from Sega, but agreed to continue developing games for the Shining series and to not release any games for rival systems that would threaten the success of the Shining franchise.

By Shining Force III, the studio had begun operating under its current name, Camelot Software Planning. In late 1998, Sega began focusing their resources on the Dreamcast, leaving Camelot with their final Shining Force III scenario, for the Sega Saturn, in jeopardy. Though the scenario was released, Camelot decided to move away from Sega completely and eventually signed with Nintendo as an exclusive second-party developer.[3]

The company then developed many Mario sports games, including Mario Golf, and Mario Tennis,[3] as well as the Golden Sun series of role-playing games.[3]

The creation of the Mario character, Waluigi, can be attributed to Camelot Software, after Nintendo requested a "Wario-like" counterpart for Luigi during the development of Mario Tennis.

Developed games[edit]

List of video games developed by Camelot Software Planning
Year Title[4] Publisher Platform(s)
1991 Shining in the Darkness Sega Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
1992 Shining Force Sega Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Shining Force Gaiden Sega Game Gear
1993 Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya Sega Game Gear
Shining Force II Sega Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
1994 Shining Force CD Sega Sega CD/Mega-CD
1995 Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Sega Game Gear
Shining Wisdom Sega Sega Saturn
Beyond the Beyond Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation
1996 Shining the Holy Ark Sega Sega Saturn
1997 Everybody's Golf Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation
Shining Force III Sega Sega Saturn
1998 Shining Force III Scenario 2 Sega Sega Saturn
Shining Force III Scenario 3 Sega Sega Saturn
Shining Force III Premium Disc Sega Sega Saturn
1999 Mario Golf Nintendo Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Nintendo Game Boy Color
2000 Mario Tennis Nintendo Nintendo 64
Mario Tennis Nintendo Game Boy Color
2001 Mobile Golf Nintendo Game Boy Color
Golden Sun Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2002 Golden Sun: The Lost Age Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2003 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Nintendo GameCube
2004 Mario Golf: Advance Tour Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Nintendo GameCube
2005 Mario Tennis: Power Tour Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2007 We Love Golf! Capcom Wii
2009 New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Nintendo Wii
2010 Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Nintendo Nintendo DS
2012 Mario Tennis Open Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2014 Mario Golf: World Tour Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2015 Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Nintendo Wii U
2017 Mario Sports Superstars Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2018 Mario Tennis Aces Nintendo Nintendo Switch


  • I Love Golf – (PC)[5]


  1. ^ Japanese: 株式会社キャメロット Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Kyamerotto?


  1. ^ "Camelot Software Planning". IGN. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-04-25.
  2. ^ "About Us". Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Camelot Software Planning". Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "株式会社キャメロット » 作品紹介 Products" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  5. ^ Casamassina, Matt (March 31, 2008). "Interview: Camelot Software Planning". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-06-17.

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